The Bwana Invitational Safari
David Anderson Invites you to join him on his 85th Safari
In Colaboration with
David Anderson Safaris
11 – 23 August 2011
photographs by Alison Jones
Since 1981, the founder and president of David Anderson Safaris, has been escorting a special invitational Kenya safari with the purpose of his commitment to improve this perfect Kenya safari each year. You are invited to join him in August 2011 on his annual safari.
Only the best lodges and camps have been selected for this safari. The best driver/guides will join this once a year event group safari departure. The advantage of joining a group safari is that you will meet like-minded adventure travelers and make friends that will last a life-time.
We will fly between some of the parks to save time and to avoid the rough Kenya roads. That said, we will also drive through the country at times to learn about the people and view this beautiful country.
This safari has been designed by David Anderson to provide you with the best safari in Kenya!
You may want to depart the United States early so that you can send time in Europe or Dubai. The following itinerary starts in Nairobi, the safari capital of East Africa.
Maximum Photographers: 4 + David Anderson in 7-passenger Land Cruiser with photographic viewing top
After breakfast, we proceed for a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage which is part of a Conservation Foundation established to rehabilitate baby elephants and other wildlife. This will be followed by a visit to Giraffe Center, home to the Rothschild Giraffe where you get a chance to feed them by hand. We then proceed to the city of Nairobi for lunch at the famous Norfolk Hotel. After lunch we will take a brief tour of the city of Nairobi en route to Karen.
We leave Nairobi this morning to begin our safari adventure by driving south. Your first destination is Amboseli National Park, located to the south east of Nairobi. About two hours out of Nairobi, we will stop for a short visit at the A.I.C. Girls Primary Boarding School to learn a little about the educational system in rural Kenya. David Anderson Safaris’ clients have sponsored many Maasai girls over the years. You then continue to Amboseli to the camp arriving in time for lunch. The Park is famous for its big game and scenic beauty with the landscape dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro.
We will spend another day in the park on a full day game viewing drive with a picnic lunch. Wildlife here includes the zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, caracal and serval cat, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo among others. There are also over 400 species of birds, including the bee-eater, kingfisher, African fish eagle, martial eagle and pygmy falcon. Visitors to this park mainly come to watch the huge herds of elephants. The bull elephants have some of the largest tusks in all of Kenya. This afternoon, we enjoy a nature walk with the Maasai resident naturalist guide.
This morning, we are transferred to the airstrip for our schedule flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival, we are met by our driver/guide for the drive to Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary, a beautiful private game Sanctuary and home to rare species such as Beisa Oryx, Rothschild's giraffe and black rhino. Game drives here reveal the full range of African wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and hippo. We will visit and observe chimps from the Jane Goodall Institute at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
This morning, we drive further north to Samburu Game Reserve, which is within the land of the colorful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and is home to a number of wildlife species found only north of the equator. It offers unique vistas of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamp is home to a wide variety of animal and birdlife. This afternoon, we enjoy a game viewing drive until sunset.
We will spend the day in the reserve where game-viewing and visibility is excellent. Bird life is superb with over 380-recorded species and game which includes reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, elephants, Oryx, Somali ostrich, hippos, crocodiles, gerenuk, buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. The long-necked gerenuk is a graceful antelope which spends much of its time in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulence among the withered scrub which dots this harsh terrain.
After breakfast, we depart on our drive through the reserve to Mount Kenya Safari Club arriving in time for lunch. Our driver/guide drops us off at the Mount Kenya Safari Club and drives to Maasai Mara so that he can meet us on the following day. The rest of our afternoon will be at leisure or on we can participate in optional activities arranged on request and are payable directly.
Friday – Saturday, 19 - 20 August 2011 Mount Kenya - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, we transfer to the airstrip for our scheduled flight to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. On arrival we are met by our David Anderson Safaris’ private driver/guide and transferred to our camp for lunch with a game drive en route. Later in the afternoon, we depart for a nature walk with the resident naturalist. Tonight, we will enjoy a “bush dinner” at the camp. The next day is spent on a full day game drive with picnic lunch. The Mara is home to the greatest concentration of large mammals and is widely recognized as Africa’s ultimate wildlife reserve. The park is the northern extension to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. One cannot predict where the migration will be in the Mara. That is why we will be spending our time at two different camps. Nyumbu Camp (BLD)
Sunday – Monday, 21 - 22 August 2011 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, we continue our safari with a drive west through the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We will take a picnic lunch so that we can spend the entire day in search of the migration. This evening, we arrive at our last camp on our safari. The Maasai Mara is the most spectacular reserve in Kenya. Therefore, our safari will include four days spent game viewing in two different areas of the reserve. The Mara is home to myriad species of animals, including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, cheetah, leopard and topi, as well as a plethora of colorful birdlife. Other optional activities include hot-air balloon flight over the Maasai Mara or taking a fishing safari to Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria - the source of Nile River or a visit to a Maasai tribal village (at an extra cost). Kichwa Tembo Camp (BLD)
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
We have time for one final early morning game drive. After breakfast, we say farewell to our guide and fly to Nairobi. On arrival, we are met by a David Anderson Safaris representative and transferred to The Norfolk Hotel where a day room is reserved for us. We depart this evening for home or some of us might want to go to Zanzibar for some rest, reflection, and relaxation.
Personalize pre-departure preparation by David Anderson
Your Safari Price Excludes:
Visa fees, health and travel insurance.
All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s).
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
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